Quiet Time

He hath said.

~ Heb 13:5

If we can only grasp these words of faith, we have an all–conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt is there that will not be slain by this two–edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? “He hath said!” Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said!” must be our daily resort.

Since “He hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy, in the divine life.

~ Charles Spurgeon

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

~ John 9:4

Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task?

~ Exod 5:14

He who intermits

The appointed task and duties of the day

Untunes full oft the pleasures of the day;

Checking the finer spirits that refuse

To flow, when purposes are lightly changed.

~ W. WORDSWORTH

By putting off things beyond their proper times, one duty treads upon the heels of another, and all duties are felt as irksome obligations,—a yoke beneath which we fret and lose our peace. In most cases the consequence of this is, that we have no time to do the work as it ought to be done. It is therefore done precipitately, with eagerness, with a greater desire simply to get it done, than to do it well, and with very little thought of God throughout.

~ F. W. FABER

Sufficient for each day is the good thereof, equally as the evil. We must do at once, and with our might, the merciful deed that our hand findeth to do,—else it will never be done, for the hand will find other tasks, and the arrears fall through. And every unconsummated good feeling, every unfulfilled purpose that His spirit has prompted, shall one day charge us as faithless and recreant before God.

~ J. H. THOM

Made Them Both

The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.

~ Proverbs 22:2 [NLT]

This verse is very simple to understand. Essentially, everyone is created by God. But it is the application of this verse that is pivotal. The great divide between the have’s and have not’s is certainly not because God favors one person over the other. We should not discriminate or look down on one another because of a persons financial status. We are all made by God, in His image.

Streams in The Desert

Come Close to Him

He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray, and as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering … they saw his glory

~ Luke 9:29,32

If I have found grace in thy sight, show me thy glory

~ Exod 33:13

When Jesus took these three disciples up into that high mountain apart, He brought them into close communion with Himself. They saw no man but Jesus only; and it was good to be there. Heaven is not far from those who tarry on the mount with their Lord.

Who has not in moments of meditation and prayer caught a glimpse of opening gates? Who has not in the secret place of holy communion felt the rush of some white surging wave of emotion—a foretaste of the joy of the blessed?

The Master had times and places for quiet converse with His disciples, once on the peak of Hermon, but oftener on the sacred slopes of Olivet. Every Christian should have his Olivet. Most of us, especially in the cities and towns, live at high pressure. From early morning until bedtime we are exposed to the whirl. Amid all this maelstrom how little chance for quiet thought, for God’s Word, for prayer and heart fellowship!

Daniel needed to have an Olivet in his chamber amid Babylon’s roar and idolatries. Peter found his on a housetop in Joppa; and Martin Luther found his in the “upper room” at Wittenberg, which is still held sacred.

Dr. Joseph Parker once said: “If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is the world’s need today—men who have seen their Lord. —The Lost Art of Meditation

Come close to Him! He may take you today up into the mountain top, for where He took Peter with his blundering, and James and John, those sons of thunder who again and again so utterly misunderstood their Master and His mission, there is no reason why He should not take you. So don’t shut yourself out of it and say, “Ah, these wonderful visions and revelations of the Lord are for choice spirits!” They may be for you!

~ John McNeill